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I submitted a portfolio of 10 images last week to Locust Grove, the Samuel Morse Historic Site situated on the Hudson River about 10 miles north of my home. Locust Grove was the nineteenth-century country estate of Samuel Morse, the artist, founder of the National Academy of Design, and the inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code. In the twentieth century, the estate was owned by Poughkeepsie’s prominent Young family – noted collectors of Hudson River School of Art paintings and the founders of the museum at Locust Grove. They are running a competition for artists, and selected artists will be offered a six-week solo show in the estate’s galleries. I’ll keep you posted on the results.

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